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My favourite film: The Goonies

5 December 2011 4:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the latest from our writers' favourite film series, Matt Andrews mans the rigging for Spielberg's mid-80s pirate adventure featuring swearing kids and a boatload of skeletons

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Picture, if you will, a Midlands household circa 1990. Cable TV was still a distant dream and cinema trips were a rarity what with the newest addition to my family still on hourly feeds. Film choices were dictated via the somewhat arbitrary whim of my dad, perhaps popping into the local VHS shop to grab a copy of whatever would entertain three kids for an hour or two. Several Looney Tunes box sets later and we arrived at Spielberg's 1985 cult classic, The Goonies.

My childish enthusiasm for pirates had just begun to manifest itself. Dinosaurs were gradually falling out of favour, to be replaced »

- Matt Andrews

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Ten reasons why a Goonies sequel will work

19 January 2011 6:58 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

When was the last time you longed to explore a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons? It was probably around the same time you last sighed hopelessly about a girl in your class, when social networking sites, mobile phones and I-pods weren’t corrupting your adult life, even if they are pleasant distractions from death, debt and Jeremy Kyle.

There are some, however, that still hold on to that dream. I often wake, head hurting from last night’s Vino, the thought of work buried in the deepest, darkest part of my duvet, asking myself what difference it would make if instead of going to work I would unfurl that mysterious treasure map and head off to Astoria. Wouldn’t it be great to go on a Goonie adventure? Wouldn’t it be great if the Goonies went on another adventure? »

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